Nanjing is the capital city of Jiangsu Province and was once the capital for the entire country. In the modern era Nanjing still remains an important city with a bustling economy and a culture that is capable of dwarfing Beijing's. Though no matter how one feels about modern Nanjing take one step toward the forests and parks that dot the city's landscape and one is consumed by a palpable electricity and an undeniable feeling that the past is still there floating on the wind.
History: Like many Chinese cities Nanjing began life as a fort, the fort (Yuecheng) was founded around 472 B.C. and also like many Chinese cities. the city has been razed and rebuilt many times. In 229 CE, during the infamous Three Kingdoms period, Nanjing became the state capital of Wu, but it would be another millenia before Nanjing would become the capital. It was under the Ming dynasty that city would reach its high point. Which means while most Chinese now see the Beijing dialect as the standard for Mandarin it is actually the Nanjing dialect that is the true pronunciation, this is due to Mandarin not becoming the lingua franca until the Ming dynasty. Sadly though Nanjing's long and impressive history and monuments have been overshadowed by the Nanjing massacre that occurred during World War II.
Climates: The city gets warm in spring and has a fairly strong rainy season, summers are hot, autumns cool and dry winters. The average temperature is 15.4 degree Celsius (59.72 Fahrenheit), the highest temperature in a year is 39.7 degree Celsius (103.4 Fahrenheit), the lowest temperature in a year is -13.1 degree Celsius (8.42 Fahrenheit).
Attractions: Nanjing is a city of culture and monuments which means a slower pace and a love of the aesthetic is often required. Though it must be said due to the city's history its monuments are unique to mainland China from the harrowing Nanjing Massacre memorial, the ROC's presidential palace to the Confucius Temple area, which has has more to do with pubs, restaurants and street food rather than the ancient philosopher, one is certain to see something unique.
The number of Non-Chinese: 20,000
Cost of Living:
Fast food combo meal: 30 RMB
Litre of milk: 12 RMB
8 km taxi journey: 35 RMB
Rent: around 3000- 7000 RMB
Nanjing Lukou International Airport is located in Jiangning district.
The metro has 7 lines, with 3 in development. The ticket price is 2 yuan for 10 kilometers, plus 1 yuan for every 2 km(more than 10 km).
There are 17 train stations in Nanjing so take heed, but only 2 of them would be considered major, Nanjing Station and Nanjing South Station.
Bus: The ticket price is 1 yuan for normal bus, 2 yuan for AC bus.
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